What Trump Promised

 

As a 2016 candidate, Donald Trump made huge promises to Maine families, claiming that he’d work for them rather than wealthy donors and corporate interests.

He said he would end the opioid epidemic in Maine. He promised to lower drug prices and give Maine families great health care. He claimed he’d increase wages make sure Maine jobs would stop moving overseas.

Here’s the Reality

 

Trump is siding with insurance companies to end protections for people with pre-existing conditions. He’s siding with drug companies as drug prices soar. And he passed a tax bill that gave almost all the benefits to the wealthy and big corporations, that rewarded companies for moving jobs overseas.

1

Trump’s Broken Promise

“Those with pre-existing conditions will always get the quality coverage they need."

Donald Trump, September 24, 2016

The Reality

Trump launched an all-out attack on our health care by trying to repeal and sabotage the Affordable Care Act.

2

Trump’s Broken Promise

“We’re gonna have jobs for every community. . . We are going to start making things in America again … We will become the great jobs magnet of the world. Wages will rise, jobs will return, and factories will come rushing onto our shores.”

Donald Trump in Bangor, Maine, October 16, 2016

The Reality

Trump’s economic policies are delivering huge giveaways to the wealthy at the expense of Maine families.

3

Trump’s Broken Promise

“Your jobs will come back under a Trump administration. Your incomes will go up under a Trump administration. Your taxes will go way down under a Trump administration. Your companies won't be leaving our country under a Trump administration.”

Donald Trump in Bangor, Maine, October 15, 2016

The Reality

Most of Trump’s $2 trillion tax cut goes to corporations and the rich. Many Maine families are getting stuck with the bill.

4

Trump's Broken Promise

“We’re gonna have jobs for every community. . . We are going to start making things in America again … We will become the great jobs magnet of the world. Wages will rise, jobs will return, and factories will come rushing onto our shores.”

Donald Trump in Bangor, Maine, October 15, 2016

The Reality

  • Experts predict that close to 180,000 American jobs will be lost, including close to 2,000 jobs in Maine and many in the manufacturing sector, as a result of Trump’s erratic steel and aluminum trade policies.
  • Trump’s trade-war-by-tweet policies have wreaked havoc on Maine’s $1.5 billion per year lobster fishing industry.

5

Trump’s Broken Promise

"In a Trump administration ... we will lower the cost of college and solve the student loan crisis. It’s a crisis. Very unfair."

Donald Trump, October 13, 2016
  • In 2019, 44 million people nationwide owe $1.56 trillion in student loan debt.
  • 80,700 people in Maine owe more than $20,000 in student loans, which is 45.6% of all borrowers, and 40.4% are over the age of 35.
  • Despite Trump’s promises to fix it, the Trump administration has made things harder, and actually tried to cap the amount of loans borrowers can take out, and shrink the number of repayment plans available to them.